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October 28th, 2010 02:22 PM
I'm leaning towards turret. It can be slow if I want it too, but I'm not having to buy a second press if I want to speed things up later on. Would rather spend an extra $10 for turret and not use it, than have to spend $100 for a new press later.
October 28th, 2010 03:36 PM
It takes maybe 15-20 sec (probably less) to swap a die? So in swapping 3 dies it takes less than a minute total. So the big time savings is...? A half-minute or so? Versus how much in costs for the turret press (and extra turrets)? I don't see it. I've been waiting my whole life for my ship to come in; I think I have an extra minute to spare to swap out dies.
Originally Posted by farronwolf
I reprime with my Lee handprimer while watching TV. (I'm a multi-tasker.) Then all my cases are ready in the ammo boxes, allsized, flared, and primed for my next loading session.
Glockman10mm has it right, reloading is just another hobby that goes along with the shooting. Hobbies aren't meant to be rushed. But for those who consume ammo in massive quantities ( and wouldn't we all like to!), the progressive loaders will definitely step up the pace.
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October 28th, 2010 05:34 PM
I guess it boils down to the way that I reload. Like I said I don't like to leave primed brass, so in one evening I might go back and forth between stage 2 and 3 on the press, 3, 4 or even 5 times, which would be up to ten changes.
To each his own. The press Lee turret is pretty inexpensive.
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October 29th, 2010 01:51 PM
Hand press is a good tool for reloading say 50 rounds at a time. If you search there are some old threads where we covered it in great detail. I started with one a couple of years ago and still use it. I used if for about 1 1/2 yrs exclusively. Of course I do have a mounted single stage press now, but I still use the handpress. I often resize and deprime with it, then re-prime them with a hand tool in my easy chair with it while watching tv. It is a good tool to learn with, as is a single stage press. I got the hand press, then learned and loaded with it as I added die sets and powder measures, etc. Once I had all the other stuff I needed, after about a year of slowly acquiring this and that, I bought a single stage press on ebay for $27 and mounted it to my table.
I don't load a lot of rounds, so it's all I need. If I shot a lot more and needed to reload more than 200 a month I would move to a turret press. The hand press would be capable of doing all I need really, but a bench mount press is a bit more comfortable to work with, especially if doing more than 50 rounds in a sitting.
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December 11th, 2010 03:58 PM
I'll agree with this reply. I'm a rifle re-loader that hasn't got into pistol reloading. Volume almost dictates you get a good progressive press. There's where I see the difference in "hand-loads" and reloads. Rifle re-loads are custom 20-50 rounds for any specific caliber each year for me. I've always used the Lee original loaders. Pistol and volume? You'll need something more IMO. Starting out might be okay, but IMO....you'll be spending money that will quickly be disposed of. Dippers or a powder measure....either way.....you'll want a scale to throw consistent charges. Even if you get the top of the line do everything press, you'll need to check it periodically.
Originally Posted by OldVet
December 11th, 2010 04:16 PM
The Lee hand press is well worth its value. I have a pair that are in almost constant use.
However......yep.......there is always a however. The Lee hand press, IMHO is only good for sizing straight walled cases. For a shouldered case, the sizing operation requires a lot of pressure and the Lee flexes. While I do load shouldered rifle cases with the Lee, those cases are sized in an RCBS Rockchucker.
Just my $0.02
December 19th, 2010 11:24 AM
If you can find a Lyman 310 tool with the calibers that your reloading it's by far the best hand held reloading tool you will find. Ebay has several listed at any given time, and they can get a little pricey, but they are worth the money in my opinion.
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